It is my personal belief that the hardest muscle to train in the body is the brain. The mind-body connection must be an integral ingredient to whatever motivation-protein cocktail all of these fitness junkies are sipping on.
In all seriousness, finding unshakable motivation to work out is fleeting. This is because our lives are fleeting, and so naturally, anything that happens to our bodies is as well. Well, not if we can help it. Once you master telling your brain that you’re all in on training, the body tends to follow suit. You may even find yourself surpassing what you believed to be your limits. This is the beauty of fitness.
How does one get to ground they can stand on when it comes to motivation? By conditioning your own mindset using influences that you can identify with to drive you. It’s fair to say that motivation comes from within. Including motivational and mental influence.
Here are what I’ve gathered to be strong pillars in the fight to find the motivation to work out.
1. Demolish the Limitations of Time
A heavily expressed motivation by the seriously committed is their resilience in the battle against time. Have you ever wondered in awe if not slight aggression, how someone could operate their body at a given time? Time is funny in the way that what might be completely normal for you, is considered extreme by another.
There is an opportunity in the relativity of time. Those who are highly motivated to work out are not a prisoner of their clocks. They make time to work toward their goals and do not allow obstacles to shake their commitment. Demolish might be a strong word, but time is a strong component to life, and so overcoming its boundaries requires such an attitude, if you ask me.
2. Make Accountability a Priority
So much of maintaining motivation comes down to the ability to be held accountable. Ideally, you’d like to get to a place where you’re able to hold yourself accountable. If you feel that holding yourself accountable is a challenge, start with small steps. Go one day at a time.
If you struggle with pushing yourself, find someone to help hold you accountable. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to train with you. They can commit to being the person to check in with you.
3. Bring on the Consciousness
It’s strange to think that merely being mindful could be a motivation. Yet, it is quite a potent one. Being mindful through the desire and what follows an intention to work out can really make a difference for how it plays out.
Meaning, if you’re intentional and grounded in your motivation to work out each day, you’re more likely to stick to the motivation. This means fighting the instinct to resolve old habits or patterns that perhaps may have inhibited or disabled your consciousness.
4. Take Your Time Off
There’s always a silver lining, and for motivation to exercise—rest and cheat days are it. Allowing yourself the time to recuperate and change gears after exerting yourself helps to preserve motivation. Taking rest days is essential for allowing the body to rest. It needs an adequate amount of rest to recover and become stronger for the next day. Otherwise, inflammation and overworking can occur.
If you’re supporting your exercise routine with a special diet, indulging in cheat meals may help to motivate your fitness. Allowing yourself to indulge every now and then helps to avoid over-restriction, and lowers the chance of breaking the diet otherwise. It may also serve as an additional motivation to exercise in lieu of the break you gave yourself.
5. Dress the Part
A simple yet classically effective way to find motivation is to dress your way there. Whatever gear makes you feel like getting up and getting the exercise done, wear that. It might seem silly that a piece of clothing, a new duffle bag, or sneakers can do for your motivation, but have you tried it?
Fashion and psychology are strongly linked to one another for the roles that we perceive based on clothing. What better way to assume the role you want than to put it on?
Finding motivation is far from easy in the end. But deciding to be motivation—that is an easy choice.